Columbia Center
for the Arts

215 Cascade Avenue

PO Box 1543

Hood River, OR 97031


Education at Columbia Center for the Arts

June - August, Summer Art Experiences for Kids & Teens
Schedule & registration now onlineSummer Art Experiences

Tuesdays, Exploring Embroidery with Kristina HinchliffTuesday Embroidery

Sunday, April 26: Chasing the Light Photography
Workshop with Peter Marbach & Brian ChambersChasing The Light

May 2-3: Karen Watson, Next-Level PastelsNext-Level Pastels

May 6, 6-9pm: Maureen Lauran,
An Introduction to Making BooksIntroduction to Making Books

May 16-17 & 23-24 Acting Workshop with Sharon LaughlinSharon Laughlin Acting Workshop

May 23-25: Anna Lee Steed, The Color ExperienceColorist Experience

June 19-21: Rene Eisenbart, Watercolor Portrait DesignWatercolor Portrait Design

Jul. 11-12: Aimee Erickson, Plein Air Painting Plein Air Painting Workshop

Fridays 9am-Noon: Life & Portrait Drawing LabsLife & Portrait Drawing

Thursdays, 9am-Noon: Oil Painting with Cathleen RehfeldCathleen Rehfeld

About Our Education & Outreach Programs

Columbia Center for the Arts offers art education, outreach and art classes for both seasoned artists and beginning art students in all disciplines from literary arts, theater, visual arts and more.

We offer art appreciation opportunities for the general public, as well as partnering opportunities with local schools.  We have a classroom set up as an art studio, and is available for rent by art teachers and others who want to teach their own classes.

Art classes at Columbia Art Gallery

Education is a cornerstone of our mission as a center. We hope you join us in an art class or other art education opportunity in the near future.

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March 31, April 14 & 28, May 12 & 26

Exploring Embroidery

Tuesdays this spring, join Kristina Hinchliff to learn and practice handwork techniques. Whether you're an artist who has never picked up needle and thread, an embroiderer who's never been into an art center, or are simply looking for a creative outlet, this is the workshop for you!
Learn More: Exploring Embroidery

April 26, 9am-Noon

Peter Marbach & Brian Chambers, Chasing the Light Photography Workshop

Join Hood River photographers Peter Marbach and Brian Chambers for an inspiring and educational morning designed to help you learn the fundamentals of great landscape photography. This class is suitable as an introduction to the fundamentals of digital outdoor photography and for advanced amateurs.

Learn More: Photography Workshop

May 2-3, 9am-4pm

Karen Watson, Next-Level Pastels

In this workshop, Karen Watson will help students who already have some experience with pastels take their paintings to the next level. We'll revisit a few basics and then jump into exploring creative combinations of color, with special attention to value relationships. Karen will also help students finesse and hone their application techniques. 

Learn More: Next-Level Pastels

May 6, 6-9pm

Maureen Lauran, Introduction to Making Books

This class will explore the  basics of making three kinds of books: (1) a single-sheet book, (2) a single-section pamphlet book and (3) an accordion book. We will also investigate other enhancements such as adding simple pop-up elements, or creating "flag" books and shadow or tunnel books.

Learn More: Introduction to Making Books

June through August

Summer Art Experiences

Visual and performing arts classes for kids and teens, held at the Columbia Center for the Arts Studio. Classes generally run Monday through Thursday, either during a morning or afternoon session. Tuition includes all materials and a daily healthful snack. Scholarships are available.

Learn More: Summer Art Experiences

May 16-17 & 23-24

Acting Workshop with Sharon Laughlin

Accomplished actress Sharon Laughlin leads this small, intense workshop based on the Delsarte Technique. Adult actors will improve their acting skills using voice and gesture.

Learn More: Sharon Laughlin Workshop

June 19-21

Rene Eisenbart, Watercolor Portrait Design

In this workshop with award-winning Portland artist Rene Eisenbart, students will learn how to design a portrait that cannot be ignored, focusing on describing features accurately, knowing where to use ambiguity for greatest effect, and experimenting with unusual color pallettes, styles, and techniques.

Learn More: Watercolor Portrait Design

July 11-12

Aimee Erickson, Plein Air Painting Workshop

Join award-winning plein air artist Aimee Erickson for two days in the field as we turn our eyes to the beauty of nature. Learn to capture qualities of light and atmosphere and practice composing with intention. In the mornings we'll work outside, with a short demo on the first morning. Be prepared to do several small studies; afternoons will be spent in the classroom where we will work with our small studies to make successful pictures.

Learn More: Plein Air Painting Workshop

Every Thursday 9am-12pm

Oil Painting with Cathleen Rehfeld

This oil painting class is designed for novices and experts alike. Cathleen's techniques are meant to meet every artist wherever you are in your painting journey.

Learn More: Cathleen Rehfeld

Every Friday, 9am-12pm

Life and Portrait Drawing Labs

Join us in the studio Friday mornings, 9-noon, to draw, paint, or sculpt from a live model. We’ll provide the model, easels and tables; you bring your art supplies and enjoy honing your skills. All skill levels are welcome.

Learn More: Life & Portrait Drawing Labs

For more information:

Call Columbia Center for the Arts,
541-387-8877, ext 114, or email